Written by John Edward Betancourt
Well, after last night, it looks like break time is over. Hope everyone enjoyed a few minutes of rest and relaxation because on The Walking Dead it is time to get back to business. Unfortunately, business entails revenge, sorrow and more good people giving into the eternal darkness of death. What's worse, all those horrible things were featured in a single episode, so settle in as Daniel and I recap last night's stunner; "Home."
The Good: Khan said it best. "Revenge is a dish that is best served cold" and wow was last night's revenge cold indeed. After spending a week brooding and hiding in his apartment we learned that the Governor spent little time mourning the loss of his zombified daughter Penny and more time fantasizing about putting down Rick's group at the prison and he did it in spectacular fashion, including an unprecedented use of walkers. Yes, this was the revenge we all knew was coming and it was brutal as we watched Axel die at the hands of Philip's bloodlust.
But the jaw dropping moment of the night, was the Governor's unique use of the living dead with the Walker Bomb. Mix one part Milton (I think), one part truck and a zillion parts walker, and smash them into the prison gates and you have a Walker Bomb. It is one of the coolest things I've ever seen in horror and mad props to the show for pulling it off so well.
But aside from the slam bang last ten minutes, this episode was chock full of awesomeness. We had Daryl finally waking up to what a piece of crap his brother was and saw the tables turned at last with Daryl clearly running the show over Merle. In fact I loved the sequence where Daryl saved the day with stepping in to help out the family that nearly found itself feasted upon by walkers. The character development continues and clearly Daryl has come to realize that it is about the survival of the species, he is a man ahead of his time in the zombiepocalypse. Glenn of course is showing his darkest side yet with the anger that continues to ooze from every bit of his being, and it's a little scary to see this side of him. I certainly hope he reigns it in, I think Hershel is right about the fact he is dangerous with this chip on shoulder.
Rick's sorrow continues to be incredible to watch. I give the show major points for letting its lead suffer like this. He is clearly devastated and it is heartbreaking to watch Rick gow through all this pain and sorrow, it makes the hallucinations we experience with him all the more painful. I did love the little moment between Rick and Hershel, I got the feeling that maybe, just maybe Hershel has seen a few visions of his departed wife as well.
The Bad: There were two things that caught me off guard this week. The first was the complete and utter disappearance of Tyreese's group. Now I get Rick told them to scatter, but with that many walkers in the countryside, and an empty cell block once used by Oscar and Axel, where the hell did they go? I expected them to appear briefly to possibly squabble over taking out crazy ol' Rick or getting out of there before said Sheriff comes after them. But the glaring issue from last night that took me out of the show a little bit, how the hell can the group be absolute crack shots when it comes to the living dead, but shoot like stormtroopers when people are around? I can get Rick having trouble hitting Martinez in the woods since he was moving around. The Governor had plenty of cover. But the dude in the guard tower, being fired at by Carl "Deadeye" Grimes and not going down? That's a little too much to bear.
The Verdict: This is what we have all been waiting for. The Governor's madness and evil is finally slipping through, and the war of Woodbury is about to begin. The rest of this season is going to be what I expected, ugly, brutal, angry and brilliant.